Miguel de la Espriella (Noble), Colombian (1947 - )

Miguel de la Espriella more commonly known by his artistic name, Noble, is a self-taught painter and sculptor from Sucre, Colombia, whose art has been presented widely within his country and throughout the world.
Noble's work reflects the theme of nature that he experienced in the countryside while growing up on the Colombian coast.

"NOBLE" has over 15 years of professional experience dedicated to the development of his art which covers both painting and sculptures. During that time his work has been appreciated and cited by international cultural ambassadors such as the Nobel prize winner, Gabriel GARCIA MARQUEZ and art historian and author of more than 50 books on work art Francisco GIL TOVAR. The artist and his work have appeared in over 30 major publications, recording and TV interviews. Indeed, he and his studio were recently filmed once again in January 2005 for Colombian television. "Noble" is also presently working on a major monument in bronze for one of Colombia's principal coastal cities.

The paintings for which he is best known are most often an integration of still-lifes and landscapes with a strong "ethereal" presence related to the Latin American school of magic realism and reminiscent of the land in which Macondo, the imaginary town written about in "100 Years of Solitude" by García Márquez the winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature, could have been set. Indeed, it may be this essence to Noble's artwork that provoked Gabo to write about it when he said:
"There is in the painting of Miguel de la Espriella, "Noble", an explosion of light that comes from a background of shadows, the glare of the universe in the middle of a vegetable serfdom populated by birds and dragonflies. What makes an impact are his chiaroscuros with that essential validity that has always been present in Rembrandt. But in the concrete case of Noble it is not about imitation, but continuity, of a process that is forever in renewal and because of that, lasts. It is the survival of art and its real mode of expression while at the same time understanding it." [Published in the Colombian magazine FAMA (2000)]

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